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Re: why I play my 5 strings and my 6 string

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Posted by Steve DePra on January 21, 2000 at 10:31:26:

In Reply to: Re: why I play my 5 strings and my 6 string posted by paige on January 21, 2000 at 07:39:35:

: Steve said:
: Thank you Paige for your eloquent response. I agree with your thoughts however, I simply wonder why we call instruments that have more than four strings (5,6,7,8) a bass, and not invent a new name when we invent a new instrument. Including a four string electric. What would we call a "bass" that had twelve strings or more? Steve DePra

: Paige responds:
: I have no answer for you on that one. I have no problem thinking of the 4,5,6 string as bass guitars, but for me the line is drawn at the 7 string and above.... to me they become too impractical to play and like you said, they are starting to infringe on the guitars frequency spectrum. To some extent, so does the 6 string, I will admit, but I don't spend much time there because the gigs I play don't call for it. To me the advantage of the 5 and six string is, as I have stated before, the ability to stay in position.
Steve responds: Changing position allows the player to change the feel and texture of tone as opposed to the sterilization of playing mechanically in one position...

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